Mt. Seorak and East Sea

Enjoy Mountain and East Sea Together. It is really worth to visit one of mountains in South Korea, because 70% of Korean peninsula is mountain or mountainous. There are lots of beautiful mountains e.g. Mt. Seorak, Mt. Jiri, Mt. Naejang, Mt. Halla, Mt. Taebaek, Mt. Gyeobang, etc. Mt. Seorak is the most popular mountain among them. 

There are many beautiful places near by the mountain, so we can visit Buddhist temple, beach, port and taste sea food if you like seafood. Cable car to the Geongeumseong fortress doesn't operate due to weather conditions or maintenance, sometimes.

Our guide will meet pick you up in the lobby (on the 1st floor of your building if lobby is not on the first floor) of your hotel in Soul according to a schedule we will confirm and drive about three hours to Sokcho city where the Mt. Seorak is located. And show you around Mt. Seorak, Sinheungsa Buddhist temple, local port with sea food and fish market and beach-side temple.   

  

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel or agreed place.  

Tour Description

 

​Mt. Seorak - Gwongeumseong Fortress

There are very popular mountains in South Korea, those are Mt. Seorak, Halla, Jiri, Bukhan, Taebaek, Naejang and Gyebang, etc.

 

Among them, Mt. Seorak as national park is the most popular mountain which is located in the east coast from Seoul. The total area is 398,539㎢ and Over 2,000 animal species live in 1,708 meters high mountain. The mountain has beautiful scenery in every season. Flowers in Spring, Green plant and trees in Summer, Colorful  autumn foliage in Autumn and beautiful snow-covered peaks of the mountain. 

Sinheungsa Buddhist Temple 

Historical accounts of Sinheungsa temple vary as to whether this ancient Zen Buddhism temple was first constructed by Jajang in 653, first called Hyangseongsa (Temple of Zen Buddhism), or in 637 following his return from Tang China. It burned to the ground in 699, was rebuilt in 710, burned again in 1645 and was rebuilt in 1648 at its present location by Uisang. This temple is believed to be the oldest Zen Buddhism temple in the world. 

 

There is 108 ton gilt-bronze Buddha statue, called "Tongil Daebul", sits atop a 4.3-meter high pedestal, of the same material, making the total height 18.9-meter excluding the lightning rod and nimbus.

Daepo Port

Daepo port is located on the southern most point of Sokcho. There are the many raw fish restaurants and dried fish shops of the port.

 

This bustling port has become one of the most popular tourist spots for those in search of the freshest raw fish restaurants. At Daepohang Port it is said that the Seorak Mountains and the East Sea are gifts from nature.

 

The port is filled with raw fish restaurants and a live fish market containing eel, flatfish, flounder, yellowtail, and plethora of other high-end seafood. Furthermore, the abundance of local dishes that can be found lining the streets includes Ojingeo sundae (Korean sausage in a squid) and Gamja songpyeon (steamed rice cake with potato filling).

This the place for raw fish lovers and 'dry fish hunters'. This a great places to stop by while visiting the Mt. Seorak.

Naksansa Beach-side Temple

Naksansa Temple is located 4 km north of Naksan Beach, and boasts a 1,300-year history.

 

It is a temple built by Ui-Sang, the ambassador of the 30th King of Silla Period (57 BC- 935 AD), and inside is the Seven Story Stone Tower, Dongjong, Hongyaemun, together with several other cultural assets.

 

It was named Naksansa Temple by Ui-Sang, at the spot where he learned the prayer Gwansae-eumbosal from Bosal, after he returned from studying abroad in the Chinese Tang Kingdom. It was rebuilt several times afterwards, and the current building was erected in 1953. 

Uisangdae is a pavilion built on top of a cliff by the sea, and was built where Ui-sang used to sit and meditate.  Hongryeonam is known as a small Buddhist temple, built above a stone cave by Ui-sang. Under the sanctuary floor there is a 10 cm hole through which you can peak through to view the sea (in the past).

Haesugwaneumsang is the largest of its kind (stone Buddha statue) in the Orient, and can be seen from a distance. 

Naksan Beach. Since its opening in 1963, Naksan Beach has continued to be visited by a great number of people every summer. Vacationers enjoy the dense pine tree forest lining the beach, the 4 km-long stretch of white sands and shallow waters that are perfect for beginning swimmers and young children. 

Tour Itinerary

07:30               Pick up in the lobby (Seoul) 

                       (1st floor if lobby is not

                        on the 1st floor)

07:30 - 10:30   Transfer 

10:30 - 12:00   Mt. Seorak 

                        (Gwongeumseong fortress) 

12:00 - 13:00   (Lunch)

13:00 - 14:00   Daepo Port

14:00 - 15:00   Naksansa Buddhist Temple 

15:00 - 15:30   Naksan Beach 

15:30 - 18:30   Transfer  

 

19:00               Drop off at your hotel 

                        (or agreed place) 

 
Tour Pricing

Tour Rate (price per person)  

Inclusions

  • All admission fees to tourists sites 

  • Local English-speaking guide service

  • Round trip transfer service with private vehicle

  • Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service in Seoul

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses

  • Meals and beverages 

Remarks

  • Itinerary is subject to seasonal local conditions 

  • Maximum passengers 6 people with small to medium sized luggage (No large size luggage) 

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